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We vegetarians are known for daring. We improvise on culinary tradition; we riff on the spice rack. But despite our taste for wild variations, some dishes remain standard in every vegetarian repertoire. “I enjoy alternating more adventurous menus with tried-and-true favorites that have withstood the test of time,” explains award-winning cookbook author Jeanne Lemlin. “A meatless lasagna bolstered by a garlicky marinara sauce, a thick and hearty lentil soup, vegetarian enchiladas that stick to your ribs, and a vegetable pot pie…have become staples in vegetarian kitchens.” In this book, Lemlin collects for us the greatest hits of vegetarian cooking -- all those solid, satisfying dishes we return to when we’re ready for homey comfort.
Here, we find all the classics of meatless cuisine: Classic Vegetarian Lasagna, Classic Tabbouli, Classic Lentil Soup, Shepherd’s Pie, and so on. But we also find the more unusual delicacies that will become standards: Indonesian Style Curried Vegetable Soup with Coconut Milk; Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas; Carmelized Onion, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Pizza with a Beer Crust; and Gorgonzola Polenta Topped with Braised Green Beans. Lemlin, author of Simple Vegetarian Pleasures and the award-winning Quick Vegetarian Pleasures, is perhaps the foremost authority on accessible, healthy vegetarian cooking -- so this hefty book of favorites should be in every vegetarian library. But it’s also an excellent introduction for those just beginning to explore vegetarian cooking: Lemlin’s Vegetarian Classics gives us the finest of the basics. (Jesse Gale)